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Mike Baker

Pulpit Minister

Mike Baker began his work with Concord Street in June of 2017. He and his wife, Carla, are both from Kentucky. They met as students while at Freed-Hardeman and married in 1983. They have twin sons, Jonathan and Joseph, who live in the Nashville area.

Mike had a corporate career before entering ministry and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Georgia State University. Additionally he has a B. A. in Bible from Heritage Christian University and a Master of Ministry from Freed-Hardeman University. In 24 years of ministry prior to coming to Concord Street, Mike has ministered to churches in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas and Alabama.


Dan Cawthon

College Minister

Dan Cawthon was born in Decatur, Alabama, to Bob and Gloria Cawthon and grew up in San Diego, California.

Dan attended F.T.U., now known as the University of Central Florida. Dan became aquainted with Wade Brown and shared his interest in helping start an Inner City Ministry at Concord Street. For 14 years, he has has served as the full time Inner City Minister at Concord Street. This ministry, which works with children, their families and others who live in Orlando's inner city neighborhoods, also started an inner city church in 2002 at Midtown Church of Christ.

Dan met his wife, Magaly, on a mission trip to San Cristobal, Venezuela, that was sponsored by Concord Street. Dan and Magaly were married in December 1998, and they now have two children, Daniel and Ariana.

When Magaly arrived in Orlando with her new husband, she spoke very little English. So, Dan and Concord member Alonzo Herrera started a Spanish service that has grown from just seven members to a larger congregation that continues to meet today at Concord and has its own full-time minister.

Around 2008, the Elders decided there was a great need for someone to work with the colleges and students here in Orlando. Dan was asked to head up this new ministry. UCF was chosen for the upstart of the Campus Ministry. They now have an organization on campus, "Knights For Christ," and meet weekly for Bible studies.

Dan continues to work and serve with his family here at Concord Street and is is involved in reaching out to the lost. The college program has grown from a handfull to over fifty and is continually blessed be God.


Kenny Backhaus

Youth Minister

Kenny Backhaus is the youngest of three siblings, and was born and raised in Orlando, FL. Kenny has attended the Concord Street Church of Christ for his entire life, and has recently served as the youth ministry intern. Since his graduation from Florida Christian College, Kenny has moved into full-time ministry, serving as the youth minister at Concord Street.

Kenny met his wife, Bethney Backhaus, at the Central Florida Bible Camp. Both have graduated from the Mount Dora Christian Home and Bible School, and were married in June of 2007. They currently reside in Tavares, FL and are both extremely passionate and grateful to be able to serve at the Concord Street Church of Christ.

Kenny is a graduate of Florida Christian College in Kissimmee, FL. He graduated in May of 2008 with a BA in Bible and Youth and Family Ministry. While at the college, Kenny was active in many things including the collegiate basketball team. Upon graduation, Kenny recieved the Youth and Family Ministry Award for the class of 2008. He is currently working on his Masters in Ministry from Heritage Christian University. Bethney graduated the following year with a degree in Elementary Education. After teaching for a few years, Bethney now stays at home with her daughters and runs a thriving photography business (www.bethneybackhaus.com). Kenny and Bethney reside in Lake County, FL with their two daughters Finley Rae and Lennon Jane.

Kenny brings to the student ministry a strong desire to serve God and be strong in the Word, as well as a heart to serve others.


Lucas Vasconcellos

Spanish Minister

Lucas Vasconcellos is an experienced lecturer, book writer, presenter of radio programs, but above all, a very wise man, who with his advice, illuminates the right way where we should walk according to the will of God. From his youth, Lucas surrendered to Jesus Christ, and since then has made a brilliant career as minister of the Word. He studied at the Sunset School of Preaching, now Sunset International Bible Institute in the city of Lubbock Texas after graduating he worked for a year in Fort Worth, Texas. After returning to Brazil as a missionary, (Lucas is from Brazil). Back in the United States, he earned his Bachelor of Bible Studies. In addition, he has a natural ability to learn languages: he speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and some Italian, and this would include "the language of simplicity" to convey his ideas. He is a very practical and patient with people, he has "People’s Gift". His personality, I believe, has acquired from his knowledge and constant reflection about life. He’s been married to Lilian Vasconcellos for 35 years whom is a wonderful asset to his work.



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